Can I ask you one of the unsolved questions of the universe?
And maybe it’s not really even unsolved.
Maybe every one else has already figured it out…..
…..and I’m the last to know.
But seriously…..I just want to know why?
Why….when you take a trip and wash your car and pay actual money at the car wash because you want it to sparkle and shine….and then when you arrive at your destination somehow….between here and there…..
….every bug in the universe ends up the front grill of your car. 🙂
Can you understand what I’m saying?
I mean….yesterday…..after many hills and dales and mountains and valleys and beautiful countryside….at the end of a long winding road…..
…..my bug-covered car pulled into Laura’s driveway.
I couldn’t wait.
We had talked about this for weeks.
I was wearing the perfect I’ve-driven-across-the-country-to-see-Laura’s-beautiful-home-but-I’m-still-keeping-it-casual….
….pair of earrings.
And two miles earlier I had applied a fresh coat of lipstick.
Suffice it to say…..I was ready.
We pulled into the driveway and I saw her home that I have seen on her blog so many times.
It was beautiful.
Like a cross between the house on Father of the Bride and Mount Vernon without the Declaration of Independence in the front hallway.
I was so excited that my platform flip flops and I leapt from the car.
There was Laura’s front porch.
There was Laura’s back yard.
There was Laura’s flowers and front door and walkway.
And Finding Home unfolded right before my eyes.
It was amazing and surreal and wonderful all at the same time.
A little like being on the set of The Real Housewives of New York….
….except so much better.
We hugged and laughed and talked the kind of conversation where you’re interrupting each other because you have so much to say.
And it was kind of like I had been visiting forever.
And I then I toured her amazing home and sat out by the pool with the summer breezes swirling around and ate a delicious chicken salad and took these pictures….
…..to remember an afternoon of fun and friendship.
And now I’m sharing the afternoon and a mini-house tour with you.
And as we pulled out of the driveway and waved goodbye….I smiled to myself and thought….
….friendship is a gift.
A friend who loves you right where you are is amazing.
A friend who understands your heart is a joy.
A friend who joins you on your journey and gets your humor and decorates like an HGTV star and makes amazing chicken salad is truly one-of-a-kind.
But the kind of friend you read about in books…..the friend who waits for you when you are late and listens to your stories and still laughs every time and doesn’t notice your totally bug-covered-driven-across-the-country-car….that kind of friend…..
….is priceless. 🙂
“Make new friends and keep the old
Some are silver and the other is gold.
A circle is round…it has no end.
That’s how long I want to be your friend.”
~Girl Scout Song
PS To take the entire tour of her home….you can click here.
PPS I can’t wait to show you the beach house update….phase I. 🙂